Volker Beckers

Volker Beckers, Chair of the Board and the Nomination Committee - Independent

Mr. Beckers was Group Chief Executive Officer of RWE Npower plc until the end of 2012 and prior to this was its Group Chief Financial Officer from 2003 to 2009. While at RWE Npower plc, he has worked with a variety of trade and industry bodies, including the CBI President’s Committee, the Board of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce, and, as Deputy Chair of the Executive Commercial Management Committee at the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). He was also member of the Executive Committee of UKBCSE (now Energy UK) and held a number of non-executive directorships, including at HM Revenue & Customs where he chaired the Scrutiny Committee.

Mr. Beckers currently holds, amongst others, the roles of Non-Executive Chairman at The Green Recruitment Group Ltd, Reactive Technologies Ltd, Lightbulb ES Ltd, Open Utility Ltd and Cornwall Insight Ltd and is also the Non-Executive Director of the UK Government's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Board.

He chaired the PwC UK Advisory Council and is Director and Honorary VP of the British Institute of Energy Economics,. He was also on the Advisory Board of the EU Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at King’s College, and Chair of the Advisory Board with Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business (ECFEB).

Mr. Beckers graduated from Cologne University in Economics and Business Administration.

Volker will serve as Chair of the Board, an Independent Director and Chair of the Nomination Committee. He is a rounded businessman with a distinguished career as senior executive in an international environment. After an initial career in the IT industry working in different sectors, he spent more than 25 years’ senior experience internationally within the energy industry. His professional expertise spans across all sectors – private, public and academia.